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, 63% has already voted. in florida 53%. iowa 44%. and ohio 31%. john dickerson and i were talking about this earlier today. we could have most of the results already by the people that have come out early and that's why the campaigns spent so much time on getting out the vote early, this ground game on these early votes. >> pelley: we'll come back to you early and often. john dickerson is our cbs news political director. john is going to be showing us the various ways that the candidates can get to the 270 electoral votes necessary to twin presidency. john? >> well, first, scott, let's follow up on what bob was saying. we're going to dispatch with 41 of the states, the majority of the country cbs estimates based on the polling that those states are either going to go to barack obama or to mitt romney. that gives barack obama a start where he's likely to get 237 electoral votes, mitt romney is likely to get 191 electoral votes. so here we are at the beginning of the evening, nothing has been called, it's all possibility. so what is the easiest past for each candidate to get to that
him florida and north carolina, two states where he's doing well. we'll also give him virginia, with its 13 electoral votes. we're starting here with a map of other states that he would definitely get. now you've got him at 266. now he can take any one of those remaining five battleground states to win, even four electoral votes from new hampshire. that shows you why ohio is such a big deal. if we take ohio back off the map that takes him down to 252. >> of those that you just showed putting him at 266, how many of those states is he leading in? >> well, this is -- if you really want to start in his strongest positions are really in north carolina and virginia. excuse me, north carolina and florida. that only gets him to 235 if you add in the states he's already got. so that's really where he's doing the best right now. that's why his path to 270 is so tough. >> and the path for the president? >> well, the path for the president is better. you could even see a situation with the president where if he lost virginia, let's give virginia, ohio and florida to romney. then if the pr
electoral votes to 206 for romney. florida is still too close to call. as predicted, the popular vote is much closer. about 50% of americans voted for the president, while 48% chose romney. we have complete election coverage this morning, beginning with nancy cordes in chicago. she covered president obama's victory speech, which was just a few hours ago. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, norah and charlie. well, in the end, this race wound up just about exactly where the obama campaign had predicted it would, with the president sweeping almost every battleground state. today he returns to washington to begin the hard work of repairing frayed relationships with the other side after a bitter, sometimes petty campa n campaign. it was well after midnight when the president, vice president and their families hugged and waved to supporters from the stage at mccormick place after president obama declared victory. >> tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. >> this is a
to chicago comes after two days of intense campaigning in the battleground states of ohio, florida, wisconsin, new hampshire and colorado. his tour ended with an emotional campaign speech in iowa. >>> reporter: president obama is spending election day in chicago. he cast his ballot there during early voting almost two weeks ago. the president wrapped up his campaign in des moines last night just steps away from his iowa headquarters during his first presidential bid in 2008. president obama made one final plea for votes in the critical battleground state. >> after all the months of campaigning, after all the rallies, after the millions of dollars of ads, it all comes down to you. it's out of my hands. >> reporter: president obama plans to continue his election day tradition of playing basketball with friends. i'm bigad shaban in chicago. >>> i'm randall pinkston in boston. underscoring just how close this election is expected to be, the first town of the nation to vote ended in a tie. >> this has never happened before in dixville. we have a tie. >> reporter: margaret dixon, new dixville notch
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